AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

Luis Severino suffers setback during shoulder rehab, will undergo MRI

3 Comments

Yankees starter Luis Severino recently progressed to long-tossing in his rehab for a shoulder injury, but didn’t feel so good in his latest outing, James Wagner of The New York Times reports. Severino will undergo an MRI in New York.

Severino, 25, missed most of spring training after being diagnosed with inflammation of the rotator cuff in his right shoulder. He was expected to return next month, but with this latest setback, it may be later than that.

Last season, Severino finished ninth in American League Cy Young Award balloting, going 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA and a 220/46 K/BB ratio in 191 1/3 innings. He and the Yankees then agreed to a four-year, $40 million contract extension in February.

The injuries have been mounting for the Yankees. Along with Severino, the club is currently missing CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Troy Tulowitzki, Dellin Betances, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks and Miguel Andújar.

Scott Boras to pay salaries of released minor league clients

Scott Boras
Michael Reaves/Getty Images
2 Comments

Across the league, scores of minor leaguers have been released in recent days. Already overworked and underpaid, these players are now left without any kind of reliable income during a pandemic, and during a time of civil unrest.

Jon Heyman reports that agent Scott Boras will pay the salaries of his minor league clients who were among those released. It’s a great and much-needed gesture. Boras described the releases as “completely unanticipated.”

Boras, of course, is perhaps the most successful sports agent of all time, so he and his company can afford to do this. That being said, it should be incumbent on the players’ teams — not their agents or their teammates — to take care of them in a time of crisis. Boras is, effectively, subsidizing the billionaire owners’ thriftiness.